Category Archives: Living in the US

The strange sensation of losing my Dutch touch

I started this blog, Double Dutch plus Three, a while ago to describe my experiences as a Dutch woman building up a life on an island in Maine. A month ago, I took my husband and my plus Three for a vacation to the Netherlands. As a person living far away from her family, I […]

When home is truly where the heart is

One more sleep and we are off: on vacation as what often is referred to as ‘going back home’. This makes sense: we are from the Netherlands and that will be our vacation destination this year. Both sets of parents live in the Netherlands, as do siblings, relatives and friends. Does that make it home? […]

No lunch? No problem! A delicious home-made solution.

It is summer on the island. This means loads of tourists in the down town area. This also means that you don’t want to go into town if you don’t have to, especially between 9am-9pm. Around 8 am, my husband noticed we were out of bread. I had done most of the groceries yesterday and […]

Got to eat your veggies!

I remember the first time in the big US supermarket: the shiny apples, yellow bananas, tomatoes in different shapes and colors and then, those things. Big, green, yellow, orange, brown and everything in between. It looked like a fall display on a classroom table. Shaped like melons, pears, even a bit like a humongous acorn. […]

How to satisfy your cravings and look good at the same time.

Sometimes you just have a craving for something. Without reason. Today was such a day. Actually, I had been craving ‘boterkoek’ for a few days now, but just didn’t get to make it. Because, of course, I always seem to have an intense desire for that what is impossible. Had I lived in the Netherlands, […]

Can linked shopping carts be the missing link in preventing them from gone astray?

The Dutch are known for being frugal. Common amongst their European neighbors is the joke: “who invented copper wire? The Dutch, when two of them were fighting over a penny”. At the other side the Americans are known for being indolent, somewhat lazy. Being Dutch and living in the US I can say that I […]